When you have old controls most of the components of the controls have already been discontinued or are really hard to find. If the machine would ever need fixing it would be a nightmare and cause a lot of downtime. This is when retrofitting is the solution. Retrofitting consists of upgrading the old components with new components. Potentially improving the performance of the machine.
We are authorized integrators for Rockwell Automation/Allen-Bradley so we can upgrade all of your old PLC for the latest Allen-Bradley. This will assure that you have support for your components in case troubleshooting or repair is needed. Also upgrading the PLC can help your computer work more efficiently. Consequently, a more efficient machine increases the longevity of the rest of the components. If you prefer any other PLC brand, we may still help you upgrade your system. You just have to let us know which brand you want to use and we will let you know if we can work with the brand or not.
Some systems don’t only need an upgrade but also some additional features. New technology has made components safer and more energy efficient with the purpose of increasing the productivity of the machine. As a result, new features can be added to the machine when performing an upgrade that could potentially improve the efficiency, speed or longevity of the machine.
Different components can be upgraded depending on your needs. We can replace old drives with new drives that are more efficient and have more features. We can replace HMI with touchscreen HMI, which can potentially reduce the space needed for the HMI. Also touchscreen HMI are easier to modify and add buttons to it if there is ever a need.
Benefits of Retrofitting
Cheaper Repairs: If you need to repair, it is cheaper and easier to find replacement when the parts are still being distributed and there is still technical support.
Smaller Components: Newer components tend to be smaller than older components.
Energy Efficient: New components are more energy efficient than most older components.
Improved Performance: There may be a possibility of improving functions of the machine when performing a retrofit.